Design: The Whole Story

Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair, Eliot Noyes’s work for IBM, Matthew Carter’s Verdana typeface: a new book explores the world of design

A book from Thames & Hudson explores design from around the world, from the beginnings of industrial manufacturing to today.

Exploring key developments, movements and practitioners, Design: The Whole Story looks at design in multiple contexts. It explores the practices of high-minded 19th century moralists to the radical thinkers of modernism – as well as the emergence of showmen including Raymond Loewy in the 1930s to the stars of today such as Philippe Starck.

Analysing the likes of Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair of 1925, Eliot Noyes’s corporate identity work for IBM in the 1950s, and Matthew Carter’s Verdana typeface, the book helps to decode the material world that surrounds us.